PreSonus FireBox
PreSonus FireBox

FireBox, FireWire audio interface from PreSonus.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 58 reviews )
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LouinParis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
- The quality of pramplis, the power supply 48 V phantom and SPDIF connectors.
- Home studio, and why future use live?!
- Asus K8N-E Deluxe, Sempron 2600 +, 150GB of HDD.
- 2 + 1 micro keyboards. Headphone and studio monitor speakers.


- No problem for installation, nothing.
- No, no incompabilits.
- Yes, it is simplistic trs.
- No need for the number of features that there a. .. in addition it is in English.


- I've never had a problem even if I did that for a short time ...
- Samplitude or Cubase, it dpend on my mood ... with software like Virtual Gguitarist, Battery.
- 2.0 maximum.
- Enough ... I never tried to maximize the capabilities of my sound card.


- For a little over 2 months.
- The best: quality of pramplis; minimum: finish the collection's outdoor product trs not always properly done (I got ...)
- EMU and a 1 M-AUDIO.
- The price quality ratio is excellent!
- Yes srement but I opt for model above, having the same technical specifications but with 6 inputs supplmentaire.
Philippe Hélard08/09/2005

Philippe Hélard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
Casing I chose this because it comes from the Firepod works well trs. It also offers a complte management levels of input and output. It supports 88.2 kHz.
I use it with a DIFFERENT phones to record my own shows (choirs, musical) that I then mix in the studio.
I use a Rode NT4 Stereo mic, headphones AKG K271 Studio, and Dynaudio monitors BM5A.


No problem with install the latest drivers (not those that are delivered on CD):
My laptop is an Athlon 64 3000 + with 512 MB ram.
My studio PC is a Pentium 3 GHz with 1 GB of ram.
So I can give notice of the Firebox on PC, unlike Recording musician who did a test on Mac ;-)

On the laptop, I had the problem of beginners its drivers with WDM and ASIO. APRs have disables all background tasks (virus) and especially the network connections> wifi, everything works perfect.
I changed the internal HDD 4200 rpm with a 7200 rpm: the decision-her and work on the laptop are more fluid.
On the desktop computer: no problem.

Configuration is done easily from the mixer and control panel DDIS. Not empty at first, but easy matriser a few tens of minutes.

The manual book is in English, but can the download in French here: bottom of the page dedicates the unit .


Warning: the only Firewire cable 6-pin is provided for two cents, not an adapter. I use a 6 and 4 pin on my laptop.
On combos, only connections to activate the XLR microphone prampli. Plugging a level of active jacks type Hi-z.

Sonar user, I had no agreement intrt Cubase LE software included, until I discovering that it is a Cubase SX 2 just brid:
- No export to MP3 (limit 20 times only).
- No surround
So I use it occasionally for audio only, because the work is more prcis MIDI in Sonar in Cubase LE (latency?).

Some tips:

- When used alone, stand alone, the Firebox keeps dernire configuration mixing setup and use with the computer. I plugged into the cigarette lighter of my car without problem for the photographs in his collection outdoor. Warning: I / SS / PDIF does not work in this congiguration, having the rgl wordclock the Firebox to S / PDIF or internal. Only the analog I / O function.

- To use the S / PDIF input, you must rgler "clock source" to SPDIF in the control panel. RULES of sync with the internal, not import the digital again: I looked for a while and have finally found why I had no sound!


I used tural situations (taken from the choir) and I performed a battery of tests: (The pramplis the Firebox allow much more power with very sensitive microphones.) Correction: in hindsight, I see that pramplis are limited in volume. This is not a problem for me because I use the Firebox only with a Rode NT4 which the potato. But for dynamic microphones SM58-standard, we must put the knobs of 12 dB and the background check in the control panel if you want the juice!

The sound is warm and natural.
Background noise on my computer apparatus when the button config "to phones Mix" of the mixer is activated. When this button is disabled everything falls into place: excellent, no noise: what do a good job for a musician :-)

Two test files with a Takamine nylon strings are available here:


The ratio quality price is excellent.

But technology Firewire, rcente, ncessite fine adjustments of the computer used Systm.

Philippe Hlard
Cane and Bamboo Studio

ohmface's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
The premplis and converters

I use it for fun with no latency

My config: A64 3800 + / 4x512 PC3200 / Nforce 3

I used a behringer preamp but it is now in the cellar


The installation does galre for my first card was Bugge (always blue LED) but after changing it so good (but some areas heurezs before the return) this problem seems quite common

The setup is rather simple, I find the drivers simplistic compared to those of m Audio

The manual is very succinct


The drivers are stable maids card is very temperamental with a Windows environment to work, not only use this card on a computer, the sound is cut if it is connected by wireless, the sound turns off when I lift my box the letter, I noticed that you can not change the latency values ​​during a session, you must reboot cubase (galley when it cracks appear during the project)

latency is 1.5 ms perfect (nothing to say)


I use it for 15 days and what I prefer is the whore of her coming out of the machine (the preamp and converters tear) I can only compare with my old Audiophile 2496 and it has nothing to do . The preamps are tip top, great sound, great dynamics, no breath and zero latency recording is a total joy. I just wish that there is no insert (it's stupid)

I found the report very good price quality but I have not too many references

artusetmoi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus FireBox
Buy at comebackmusic Internet (379 euros, yes)
The post office lost my package but found after a few days
I expected a little plastic box and not a beautiful trs
in fact it is a block mtal, trs not heavy but solid brushed steel front connectors and buttons too hard

What motivated my choice:
6 inputs (I dj a double and an analog pramp numrique)
2 which support the connection of an instrument
Quality of converters and pramp

Athlon 1GHz with 256MB of RAM


Installation zero-bp (ah, if a crash, but quickly forgotten)
No incompatibilitbr /> Configuration trs simple.
You plug the card, and then you can start recording in cubase
the manual can be found on the site franais distributor
configuration software could not be more simple mixer software is simple and effective


Cubase no problem. Here too was resumed immediately channels needed.
I put 6ms latency rduire but I could if I had a more powerful pc, no problem.
I did not test more than two tracks

The trs pramplis are clean (not yet taken a breath) and the reserve of gain far greater than ncessaire in input and output


I use it for 2 days
I like the CONTRL faade in the cohrence General for the card (everything is intuitive, even select the inputs / outputs in Cubase), the robust appearance card, the effective pramplis and converters (connect a guitar directly into the card and use an amp simulator, what joy!)
I like the least dcrochages audio in winamp (but I think it's not related directly map)

Before you have it, I had a soundblaster live (see anything!), And was a prt of a motu digifall accompanies pramp and converters numrique / analog. In terms of implementation, c'tait impossible ... I'm glad to have changed config (have it all in the same box!)

This is an important investment sr good, but a good value trs quality price!
I would do the same choice. No dception for now.

Edit 24/01/2011: More than 5 years have sunk, I remember having some dcrochages pc in sync, then I pass on mac. Mac no problem, but I finally realize that pramplis are good but not great. A lot of breath when you push a little and a little momentum on dcevante including guitars ... It lacks a little something ... Finally it's subjective I have neither the hardware nor the ear to judge properly. Moreover the map is because I lch rcemment a hot unplug windows or train travel + metro. In any case it syncs well, and I want to pass on the higher end. Prices well down in 5 years, and for the price I put the era, I may be less (number of I / O, etc.). But I better! Goodbye little Firebox, I loved you well you know ...